Over the last few years we have developed an increasing interest in the role of endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress in various conditions and especially in diabetes. We are especially interested to understand how ER stress progresses from its adaptive (pro-survival) activity into its pro-apoptotic function. We believe that interference with the efficiency by which ER stress becomes pro-apoptotic may have significant therapeutic implications. Furthermore, it illuminates basic aspects of β cell biology with implications in a variety of pathological conditions.
Recently we expanded our studies by using Peromyscus as a model organism. This small mammal, although similar to mice has a unique set of features that renders it ideal for the study of stress biology.